Saturday, 20 February 2021

A Sickening choice


I was thinking this morning..... as my Uber ride left the MM2 terminal towards Lagos Island, I settled into the back seat of the sedan car scanning the environment for what may have changed since I left. As we drove past EKO Hospital along Mobolaji Bank Anthony way, Opebi, I pondered on the legacy of this great hospital owned by Eneli, Kuku and Obiorah (from which this word EKO was derived). About 30 minutes later, we were driving past Eko Hotel at Victoria Island and memories flooded my space. I remembered the pre-Covid world when I spent so many days in a year at Eko Hotel for one business or another. Chai! I miss the pre-Covid era.


It occurred to me that since the Covid pandemic was declared, the trend of patronage of EKO Hotel and EKO Hospital had reversed. A lot more people were now sleeping at EKO Hospital than EKO Hotel. As I pondered on both facilities, I surmised that it is true that EKO Hospital and Eko Hotel both have nice beds but I would rather sleep at EKO Hotel than EKO Hospital. I don't know about you.

My trip ended with that conclusion. But doubts started setting in when news broke that about 4.5 million Texans were suffering power outage for days due to severe winter storm. A second story followed 'Americans queue to fetch water after winter storm causes shortages.' Then I thought, first power outage and now queuing up to fetch water? Is there an American village in Nigeria or is there a Nigerian city in USA? I was almost concluding that 'if NEPA dey take light for America and dem dey queue for water like Nigeria, then maybe it is better to stay in Nigeria. My thought had hardly landed when news broke that bandits had attack a school in Kagara, Niger state and abducted so many children and our Defence Minister's response was that Nigerians should resist the AK47 and RPG carrying bandits. With what? Sticks? Choi! I shook my head and concluded that yes, 'EKO Hospital and Eko Hotel both have nice beds but I would rather sleep at EKO Hotel than EKO Hospital.'

Please understand that I am not judging those that circumstances of life had forced to sleep at EKO Hospital bed, I am focusing on the choices we make. I had read of a man walking by a shop and saw a pair of clutches. He loved it so much that he deliberately broke his leg so he could use the beautiful clutches. Crazy, right? Many crave for power so much but can't wait for God's time. So they shoot themselves on the foot by choosing to join secret cults. How can you choose to sleep at EKO Hospital because you can't wait for the right opportunity to sleep at EKO Hotel?

Deuteronomy 30:19 'I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live.' Choose wisely today.

Stay hopeful. God's got your back.

Happy Sunday.

......Just the thoughts of a certain Wey Mey

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